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Canonical to resell IBM’s DB2 Express-C Server


After making Parallel the first commercial software in Ubuntu, Canonical, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu has announced the availability of another commercial software through the Ubuntu Partner Repository. The commercial software is IBM’s DB2 Express-C 9.5.

“IBM DB2 Express-C is a no-charge data server for use in development and deployment of applications. Ideal for small businesses and multi-branch companies.”
This free edition of the DB2 database server marks history as it would be the first time Ubuntu users can buy an annual support contract directly from Canonical Ltd.

DB2 Express-C 9.5 can immediately be installed in Ubuntu 7.10 or newer, using the Synaptic Package Manager, where it features with the name “db2exc” and is described as “DB2 Express-C 9.5 for Linux”
Alternatively, from a terminal with

sudo apt-get install db2exc

The joint venture IBM and Canonical offers a registered version that gives technical support and more at the cost of $3,750 per year. The paclass subscription can be made through shop.canonical.com.